MS. Charles left this earth last night & is dancing in Heaven this day… my favorite all time “KOOL” client

September 3, 2017


My daughter’s mother said that Melisande Charles led our koolest client system ever.
 The Minneapolis Arts Commission came out our first intensive. We essentially changed the art world in Minneapolis in the years to come … only to be now one of the leading art centers of the USA.
Here is a quote from from Facebook today from one of her team members.
“Melisande Charles was instrumental in creating The Minneapolis Arts Commission. That organization changed the role of art in this city. It had a direct effect on the Minneapolis club scene, music world, theatre world, dance world, and all of the other sub groups that exploded into the late 70’s.
That NYC Transplant with her no nonsense attitude had everything to do with the reasons behind why you live here and what this city has become.
She went on to distinguish her legend as a teacher, digital pioneer, and leader in Minneapolis. She was a one of a kind transformation powerhouse and great art pal. So long Art Mama, see you in my dreams. With Love!”
So Roland says: What are you doing to change the world? What is your passion? How are you making a difference? What will be your legacy? Rise up and be greater each day!
May Melisande Charles rest in peace!!! I shed a tear!!!!! She changed my life with her creativity and innovative thinking. 

Roland’s WST Lab In London And An Update On My Professional Life

August 19, 2017

OD is coming alive in Europe.

Here is a great sum of my life in Cynthia’s promotion.

I have it figured out people. Just published today in the 11th edition of Cummings and Worley a case where the long term effort increased 1,000 percent. My previous record was 574%. The article appeared on the cover of Minnesota Business Journal.

Will be writing my update on WST for a most prestigious book in Germany. Other authors include Larry Lippitt and Ed Schein and my large group trainee, Paul, from Switzerland. Two new additions:

A making change stick activity from Marshall Goldsmith that I published for Marshall on my 4th edition and the focus in the second phase where we no longer work with the next level of leaders but just the top 300 high potential leaders.

Yes. Am still learning. And expect to learn every day as I help Asia and Africa adjust the Western OD theory and practice to Eastern Culture.

My family, Maja (wife). Arielle (daugher) and I are incorporating Transcendence in the TATA-C-Sol OD program. Big event happening 2019. Who else do you know has been a daily practitioner of Yoga and OD since 1962? If you know of someone, I want to meet them!

I have said now for 5 years that one of the key OD competencies  will be “super intuitive consciousnesses.”

Two of my mentors, Gordon Lippitt and Jack Gibb had such in the 60’s. I experienced first hand with them and talked with them about the abilities.

here is the London link:

I highly recommend these organization development jobs

July 14, 2017

To sustain my work at Allstate many years ago, this function was created. All the people that worked with me originally have been pulled away to greater jobs. For example, Ms. Vales is now Global OD Head at Nike.

Ms. Todd is now leading Whole System Transformation efforts for economically poor women in Africa while keeping alive a robust consulting business.

Thus, the beat must go on. Allstate is a very friendly organization that continually seeks to become more effective. They are transforming. They are making the shift to the new age. Here are two links that describe the job. I’m assuming you’re authentically educated and experienced organization development person. Pay is substantial.

People with a change management focus need not apply. (Just my bias)

If I know you well. We can talk about, yours truly, recommending you.

Roland Sullivan

PS: From my Allstate executive client.

The impacts are tremendous, ( of Whole System Transformation) the capability for change in the organization is tremendous, the employee engagement that results in the organization is an unbelievable thing to see. But you have to be willing to let your employees engage, and if you are, and to have them bring all of their voice to the table, all the goods and all the bads, and for you to be open and honest with how the organization is going to run and how you will lead it with your people and the vulnerability that takes is probably the biggest learning that I got out of the process after embarking on it. It is worth it, it is hard, it is rewarding, it’s emotional, it’s draining, it’s rewarding. Thank you.

My Resourse for VALUES

June 4, 2017




The Food Revolution. Here is a link to free Summit where almost 250,000 people attended.

May 13, 2017

An Invitation for you and your family.

I follow this researched diet to the “T.” Listening to each of these presentations, changed my life.

This is the feedback I sent John Robbins.

“John and Ocean you are stall worth change agents. This summit has been extraordinary. I am one of the original change agents. I have spent my entire creating a revolution in the world of organization change. Now my daughter is doing better than I was at the age of 29. You are an extraordinary father-son team. John’s legacy will go for eons through Ocean. I am touched as the two of talk about each other. NOW. REST NOT!!! Keep going. The two of you are model human beings. YOU ARE GOD’s Gift to humanity today! Love your phrase: “grounded hope.” We are moving into the Age of Aquarius. Let the sun shine in!!

This experience of my listening to your 6th Food Revolution Summit, committed, yours truly, to eating perfectly the whole plant based food!!!!

An idea for next year:
Include the famed Sadhgrue from India. I learned from him years ago that the greatest healing treatment is food. I know he supports 1000% everything you all represent.

As I go forth in an effort to eradiate poverty for a major country in Asia, I will ensure that your food revolution resource will be included.


Roland, one of the few direct disciples of Dr. Sivananda India. (a medical doctor and Swami) Dr. Ornish is a direct 7-year disciple of Satchidananda, Swami Satchidananda lived 7 years with Sivananda around the 50’s.

PS. Now John. Simply do more yoga. Yoga kundalini realization will give you more grace and power to change the world… you will enter the milieu of divine love sooner than later.

PS1. Yes. When I was a teenager, my favorite ice cream was Baskin-Robbins.”


From John and Ocean Robbins:

The response to the 2017 Food Revolution Summit has been extraordinary. More than 260,000 people signed up, and messages of appreciation have been pouring in from all over the world.

So many people have been asking us to make the presentations from the Food Revolution Summit more widely available, that we’ve decided to do just that.

We’re rebroadcasting the entire Food Revolution Summit, all 24 presentations, for a special Encore Weekend.

Catch the entire Food Revolution Summit on replay now, right here.

When? You can stream the ENTIRE Food Revolution Summit on demand, for no charge all day Friday May 12th, Saturday May 13th, and Sunday May 14th.

For the next three days, you can get free access to all the game-changing, must-have

Eat This Way or Die Early: IT IS UP TO YOU TO TRANSFORM!!

April 27, 2017

I am now including strong personal development in my Whole System Transformation modality consulting. Food is key. I now with the live whole plant based diet obsessively. I have been integrating this diet in helping some individual clients. I am getting results. One has reversed cancer. One is reversing depression. Another is reversing heart disease. Another was cured of diabetes two.  One long term client has gone off asthma medication completely.

Here are four key resources for the whole plant based diet:

  1. Dr. Ornish – one of President Clinton’s heart doctors. I have known Dr. Ornish since the 60s. Dr. Ornish mentions (first video below) Swami Satchidananda, who studied and lived with Dr. Swamiji Sivananda for 7 years in Rishikesh, India. I am a direct disciple of Sivananda. Indirectly, Sivananda is the seed that is dramatically changing health worldwide. He said that the number one dynamic is essentially what one puts in one mouth. We ARE what we eat.   Dr. Ornish, from Harvard, studied with Satchidananda for 7 years as I did. There’s a pedagogical connection and the influence that Sivananda has had on  Dr. Ornish yours truly. I believe that Dr. Ornish has the first food research in the food revolution that is here now!! The number of Doctors and health care experts that are flooding the new scientifically nutrition based movement is rapidly growing by the day worldwide.

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

2. Dr. Fuhrman ( you can visit his website here)

More people have viewed Dr. Fuhrman in Public Broadcasting System (PBS) health series than any other recent public TV Program. Here is an example of his many videos on YouTube

Video 4

3.  Dr. Greger (you can visit his website here)

Dr. Greger is new young Doctor that offers all his solidly researched nutrition wisdom on his website free. He dedicates his life to his Grandmother who was given weeks to live with heart disease but then went on to live another 30 or so years.

  Video 5

The above  Whole Plant Based Diet is said to prevent the top 15 causes of death today.

In a different vein,  here is a quote from the video below that  I copied for my daughter, Arielle,  from the person I listen to the most regarding the future: “In 10 to 15 years: We are launching our longevity factor faster than time passing by.” – Ray Kurzweil, Spring 2017



Interestingly, I adjust my diet almost every month based on the plethora of new science and research. Join the revolution. Sooner or later, the standard American diet (SAD) will be bearing the same warnings as cigarettes were years ago. The plant-based diet will indeed prevent most diseases! So start now if you wish to experience the new bright world. Transform yourself and your family now!!

The Best Ever Re-write of my Life’s Learning!

March 22, 2017

Click here to read:

Whole System Transformation edited with Nihar Sharma’s personality.


I am becoming more clear day by day that the above paper is one very significant way to approach learning, transformation, and organization change.

We are applying such in the first ever public Large Group Interactive Summit in Jakarta.

Go to the Linkedin or Facebook site for Asia Organization Development Network to follow along in our journey.

Serendipitously, the Asia OD Network brought Lenny Lind in from C0-Vision with his technology to support the summit coming up. Unknowing to me, he put forth the architecture of the whole system transformation (WST). The current President of Asia OD Network, Mr. Irham Dilmy, really liked it and said let’s proceed. Now the pressure is on. We hope to produce the most transformative exciting resourced Organization Development summit ever in the world. Never will so many OD gurus like Edgar Schein, Barbara Bunker, and Peter Block come together for a dialogue on change and transformation with over 20 of the top Business Leaders in Asia.

The designers call it a WOW summit because Dr. Perla Tayko’s Whole Brain Literacy underpins Maja Sullivan’s WST.

Stay tuned. I thought I could retire and go to the mountains and meditate but the world keeps pulling back into doing what I love to do. And that is to help transform other change agents as they transform their organizations or communities.

A Historic Video From The Son Of My Mentor Ron Lippitt

March 19, 2017

My daughter, Arielle, asked me to share with her what I knew about OD families. Here is a son, Larry Lippitt, of one our founders in action.

I did the first community development intervention in Minnesota at Duluth with Larry’s father, Ron. We did a preferred future lab.

Larry shares significant history. Preferred Futuring is one of the first 5 or so of the large group modalities. Others are Appreciative Inquiry, Search, Future Search, Open Space  Technology and Kathie Dannenmiller’s Whole Scale Change. Kathie lived next door to Larry and Ron Lippitt and considers Ron her primary mentor. Ron influenced me before Kathie had a relationship with him. I read his Planning of Change book that was published in the late 50s in the early 60s.  The book said that the best group work education was at GeorgeWillams so I spent a year there. WOW. What an experience. Even Statistics was a T-Group.

Enjoy this historic video that I obtained from a new relationship with Professor Gerhard Fratzer from Germany.

My professional vision is simply to bring alive the legacy of Ron Lippitt and Kathleen Dannemiller.

OD, Yoga, Technology and Love

February 22, 2017


Reading this brought a tear to my eye. Just this morning I was creating a new yoga program using secret technology with a device I named the “Rocket.” I decided to use the word “LOVE” as the mantra or point of concentration.

The story how I came to such a conclusion is a book in and of itself.  Here is an short version: I am a degreed philosopher. One of my two living gurus is Peter Koestenbaum. In my opinion, Dr. Koestenbaum is most significant leadership philosopher of the last century. With his help and doing yoga and practicing OD on a daily basis, I concluded at my extended silent Jesuit Ateneo retreat with my wife a year ago that Life is ALL ABOUT INFINITE LOVE.

So Einstein and yours truly, an un-famous farm boy from rural Minnesota, and I have come to the same conclusions about Divine Life. Love is the answer. And now the tears… I write this to share with my daugher Arielle Therese who is superseding my life’s yoga transformation and OD practice.

Einstein’s letter to his daughter 

Re-publication of 3 Key Ed Schein Videos

February 3, 2017



A link to 3 excellent videos by Dr. Schein

I was working this morning on my role as advisor to the “Future Leadership Project” in India. I neither believe in Advice nor projects. And Harvard Research says that CEO’s give leadership development these days a great big fat “F.”  So to make my point I referred Pravat to Ed Schein’s Videos. We need to model curiosity and listening rather than tell people what to do like so many leaders do in Asia.

By the way, Maja is the support to bring Ed Schein virtually to do the opening keynote at our next Asia OD Network Summit in Bali. Ed totally transformed last year’s Summit in China. He engaged all the CEO’s in the room deeply on the spot.  He confronted them and said that they “WERE THE CULTURE.” And then he listened to them and then suggested that they listen to all the participants. Maja then broke the Summit into groups and each of the 7 CEO’s had their own breakout group. One could hear a pin drop because the listening was so intense.

Our summit coming up will have Peter Block join Ed and it will be a WOW!!!  Stay tuned!!


Roland for Maja